DAMHADurham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association (UK)
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DAMHA has an excellent reputation in County Durham for providing housing for some of our older citizens and this looks a first class addition.
My husband opened a scheme for DAMHA in 2001, so it is nice to be able to continue this tradition.
The work done by DAMHA is important because, while the Durham coalfield may be history, the mining tradition and influence in the county is as strong as ever.
This newest partnership agreement with Nomad has the added benefit of allowing DAMHA to be involved in major revitalisation projects in coalfield communities, something we were previously prevented from being part of.
The new partnership with DAMHA strengthens our position as the region's leading developer of new affordable homes for both rent and sale.
The partnership is likely to involve Nomad constructing 150 new bungalows for DAMHA over the next three years, at a total cost of around pounds 14m.
At Pelton Fell, Nomad, DAMHA and Bellway have employed national planning and design consultants Turley Associates and regeneration consultants Doug Wheeler Associates to ensure their housing proposals are fully integrated with health, employment, education and training strategies in the area.
Bob Olaman, chairman of DAMHA, said: "We've been operating for over 100 years, and although times have changed, our role today is as important as ever.
The pounds 1m project, which is due for completion early next year, was started by local councillor Tom Hanson, who joined DAMHA President Bob Olaman in turning the first turf.
Other current DAMHA development sites are in Peterlee, Horden, Seaham and High Pittington, and in addition the Association is spending pounds 430,000 this year improving properties, and pounds 520,000 on day to day repairs.
John Humble, director of DAMHA, said under the Government's National Care Standards legislation, homes like Langley House have been set new training requirement targets.
The pounds 1 million project, due for completion early next year, was started by local councillor Tom Hanson, who joined DAMHA President, Bob Olaman, in turning the first turf.